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By means of convincing arguments bolstered by facts and sheer logic, interspersed with a good deal of tongue-in-cheek humor, the author exposes the lies, the logical inconsistencies, the contradictions, the errors, and the brainwashing tactics in The Da Vinci Code.
Not content to leave it at that, he also vindicates the deity of Christ in a manner that is thought-provoking and uniquely different.
Combining an insightful understanding of the Bible with symbolism that is both novel and fascinating; De Souza uses details associated with the feasts of Hanukkah and Tabernacles, along with relevant Scripture passages to show why the celebration of Christmas on December 25; the day when the pagan world celebrated Sol Invictus, actually has beautiful symbolic significance linking it to Christ - The Light Of The World.
Likewise, he shows why the accounts of Christ's death, 3-day entombment, and resurrection on Sunday; rather than having been copied from pagan myths of dying and rising gods, are vindicated by clues that can be found in the Old Testament, beginning with very first Book of the Bible, as well as in symbolism associated with the feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits; thereby assuring Christians who attend Church services on Sundays that it is indeed the Lord's Day was intended to be the Lord's Day, from before the foundation of the world.
He provides compelling arguments to show why the Christian practice of God-eating, as Dan the Pagan Fan refers to it; rather than being a mere imitation of pagan rituals, points to a great spiritual truth that has been ingeniously incorporated into the design of the natural world, including that of our own bodies.
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A Thorough Thrashing Indeed Dec 2, 2007
Mr. De Souza s book is appropriately titled as he gives Dan Brown s popular tome a thorough thrashing indeed. With humor, wit and finely honed sarcasm, Mr. De Souza not only takes Dan Brown s historical inaccuracies, conjectures and flat out lies to task, he also points out plot inconsistencies and implausibilities in the story line.
Mr. De Souza s book is a handy reference; packed full of real historical data that I found not only educational, but enlightening as well. Mr. De Souza traces early Christian festivals and traditions back to their Jewish roots and shows how in tune with astronomical cycles they were.
Mr. De Souza also effectively addresses the idea of pre-Christs in other religions and non-canonical gospels that according to Brown have been suppressed by the church. And, Mr. De Souza answers Brown s fictions regarding the sacred feminine, and the early Christians treatment and regard for women.
This is a densely packed work. Mr. De Souza s style keeps the reader engaged - and rewarded. Hidden between rebuttals and refutations are gems of insight, such as Mr. De Souza s thoughts on the real date of Christ s conception and birth.
I hope Mr. De Souza sees fit to author more books and further develop some of the ideas and topics he touched on in this book. Until then, this book will give me plenty to go on. This book s a keeper.
Incredibly Interesting Nov 14, 2007
Shredding The Da Vinci Code by De Souza is a must read for all who seek the truth. De Souza has so meticulously, rationally and scientifically exposed the Da Vinci Code as a bunch of lies and through such convincing arguments vindicated the divinity of Christ. This book is full of new insights into the Christian faith and indeed a priceless treasure of knowledge. Reading it has definitely expanded the horizons of my vision and deepened my faith. I recommend that every Christian read this book. Father Angelos Sebastian St. Bonaventure Catholic Church Huntington Beach, CA.
a book worth reading and re-reading Oct 28, 2007
This book reads so well that it is difficult to put down. The author debunks many of Dan Brown's assertations using original and logical argumentation. It is anything but dry reading. Through much of the book I found myself laughing as de Souza makes another point. Anyone interested in Christian apologetics should read this book. If you have a scientific mindset, you will relate very well with the material. If you don't, not to worry. The material is presented in a down to earth, factual manner. It will cause you to think. The arguments the author presents make so much sense, and he explores topics everyone should be aware of. Even if you have not read the da Vinci code, the book would be useful for you as de Souza explains the storyline little by little and makes useful references to page numbers in the Da Vinci Code itself. I learned quite a bit from this author, even though I spent five years studying theology. I highly recommend this book for personal reading and also as a gift for another person.
Brilliant Oct 14, 2007
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I bought this book, and so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it isn't just one more in a series of books that have attempted to debunk The Da Vinci Code. There is so much original information in it, and it is presented in such a novel and convincing manner, that anyone who believes that Brown's claim of having `unveiled an astonishing truth concealed for centuries' has any merit to it, should read this book--if it doesn't cause them to change their minds, nothing will. Ever wondered for instance why Easter is linked to the full moon? Most Christians--if asked this question, would be at a loss to explain why, while a few would suggest that the reason for this, is simply because Christ rose from the dead on the first Sunday immediately following the feast of Passover--when the moon is always full. According to Dan Brown the `date of Easter was voted upon', and he leads readers to believe that it has pagan origins. The fact that Passover is linked to the full moon does seem to suggest a pagan influence. Francis De Souza uses symbolism that is--as far as I know, absolutely original and that rings true, to go deeper - to suggest a reason for why Passover and hence Easter is linked to the full moon, and believers will be fascinated and thrilled to discover the reason. Is it true that Sunday was `stolen from the pagans', as Brown claims? In addition to drawing the reader's attention to passages in the Old Testament, as well as to clues having to do with the celebration of the Feast Of First Fruits, De Souza shows why Christ's resurrection on Sunday was not arbitrary, but was selected by the Creator Himself for its symbolic significance. Ever wonder why the Bible doesn't tell us when exactly Jesus was born? Some have used this fact to argue that it only goes to show that Christ was not an historical figure. Here too, De Souza presents a fascinating reason to suggest why this detail might have been omitted. Needless to say, I have only touched briefly upon a few of the topics covered in this book. I enthusiastically recommend it to all those who have been duped or confused by Brown's lies, but have to date not found any satisfactory answers. As a matter of fact, even those who do not fall into the above category will have their faith strengthened after having read this excellent book. One final thing. Even though the task of debunking Brown's many lies, half-truths, errors, contradictions and so on must have posed quite a challenge, the author does so in a manner that readers will find entertaining - even hilarious at times.
Educated Christians Oct 9, 2007
It is wonderful to see how De Souza does not mince words when it comes to exposing and shredding Brown's `impeccably researched' mumbo-jumbo as he calls it. His book should help lay to rest Brown's crackpot claim that educated Christians `who truly understand their faiths, understand the stories (about Christ) are metaphorical.' This book is very different from all the others in its genre. Not only does the author employ a style that is delightfully unique, by asking Robert Langdon, and Sir Leigh Teabing questions about the things they have said and then using their `responses' to make his point; he possesses a quick sense of humor and an astute power of observation that has enabled him to detect errors, discrepancies, contradictions, and brainwashing tactics in The Da Vinci Code that others--to my knowledge haven't; and then used historical facts coupled with sound logic to demolish Brown's house of cards. I especially love the way he draws upon little known details from the Old Testament, and then uses analogies and symbolism not only to disprove Brown's lie that `nothing in Christianity is original', but to vindicate the deity of Christ in a manner that that is unique and fascinating, and should warm the hearts of Christians everywhere. Even though the book contains plenty of material of a serious nature that incorporates some of the best apologetics I have yet en-countered, De Souza uses plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor to take jabs at Brown's glaring errors, contradictions, pseudo-arguments, and `evidences', thus making it an easy read.